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DOD - 407 - Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services - Agency Authority


Committee NameDefense Advisory Committee on Women in the ServicesAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number407
Original Establishment Date8/11/1951Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date4/22/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Military Director, DACOWITS
Date Of Renewal Charter4/22/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixCOL
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Toya
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Davis
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixUSA
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 697-2122
Effective Date Of Authority*8/11/1951Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-614-6233
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*DACOWITS is a valuable asset to evaluate and validate present and future personnel and readiness policies within the Department of Defense that may impact women, as well as their families. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, establishes topics annually. The Committee investigates these topics through a series of briefings, literature reviews, and focus groups with Service members at multiple installations. The Committee then reviews, generates recommendations, and produces a report that is provided to the Secretary of Defense.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee shall be composed of not more than 20 members, representing a distribution of demography, professional career fields, community service, and geography, and selected on the basis of their experience with the military or with women related workforce issues. This balance of backgrounds is reflected in the current committee members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee holds four business meetings per year. At the meetings, the Committee receives training as well as briefings on research, policies, and programs specifically aimed at the Committee's annual topics. They take time to discuss their experiences learned from focus groups results during installation visits. They also interact with guest speakers and subject matter experts on relevant topics. At the end of the year, the members use the meeting time to review and discuss gathered information, develop recommendations, and write their annual report to the Secretary of Defense.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that the independent advice the Committee provides is essential in the management of DoD's officer and enlisted force management, addressing issues unique to women who serve in the Military Services, and the integration of women into newly opened military occupational specialties or career opportunities.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe agency determination to establish this discretionary advisory committee was made by Secretary Marshall in 1951. It has been continued during each periodic review required by law or by the agency since that time. DACOWITS provides advice and recommendations in an annual report to the Secretary of Defense. These recommendations are generated from information/data gathered during quarterly meetings and from formal literature reviews. Additional information is gather during Committee travel to military installations to perform in-person focus groups with Service members. DACOWITS is one of the only advisory committees that uses this technique to attain first hand input. In FY18 the Committee traveled to seven installations, held 48 focus groups, and talked with over 450 Service members, gathering vital information to support their recommendations.

DACOWITS receives research support from a contractor. The contractor performs comprehensive focus group training with DACOWITS members; conducts an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to test the protocol perimeters for subjects; records, compiles, and analyzes both the qualitative and quantitative data the Committee collects from focus groups during installation visits; supplements current research materials on the various issues analyzed; and compiles a comprehensive report detailing the installation visit data, analysis, supplemental research, and conclusions; all of which assist the Committee to develop recommendations to the Secretary of Defense.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between fiscal year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in fiscal year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,022Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIt should be noted here that the DACOWITS was originally chartered in 1951 to assist in the recruitment of women. The 1022 recommendations cover the period of 1951 to 2018. The total of all recommendations that have been fully or partially implemented is 98%. The 2019 recommendations will be voted on in September 2019 and the annual report will be provided to the Secretary of Defense around February or March 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe staff has validated that 774 (75%) of its recommendations have been fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*23.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe staff has validated that 226 (23%) of its recommendations have been partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll meeting documentation is available on the Committee's web site (, at the meetings, or by contacting any of the DACOWITS staff. The website includes an organizational email address with which the public can contact the staff. We can provide information electronically or by hard copy.
Agency Feedback CommentThe agency tasks the Services, applicable staffs, and implementing or responsible organizations to respond to the Committee's recommendations. These organizations provide written responses to the Committee. Additionally, they provide briefings and written responses to ongoing actions pertaining to the Committee's recommendations.Narrative Description*The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (P&R) is responsible for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and professional females to serve in the armed services. Women add diversity to our military. This diversity maximizes the value of building a team comprised of multiple backgrounds and talent sets. It allows the services to take advantage of unique life experiences which develop different problem solving approaches. This adds to our corporate strength, which ultimately improves our military readiness. DACOWITS provides support to P&R’s mission by identifying, studying and providing recommendations on issues such as recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment, to name a few, which may impact a woman’s decision to either initially join or remain on duty.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$3,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$3,500.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$467,863.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$475,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$69,500.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$80,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$16,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$18,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$351,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$370,000.00
Total Costs$907,363.00Est. Total Next FY*$946,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.00
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Interest Areas

Civil Rights
Equal Opportunity
Schools and Academic Institutions
Health Care
Physical Fitness
Public Health
Job Training
Workforce and Occupations
Health and Health Research
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Basic Research
Employee Welfare
Social Sciences
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031579Employment and Integration2019
 COM-032019Recruitment and Retention2019
 COM-029323Well Being and Treatment2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033054Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2018
 COM-001350Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2017
 COM-002883Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2016
 COM-003525Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2015
 COM-005072Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2014
 COM-005637Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2013
 COM-007200Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2012
 COM-007729Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2011
 COM-009396Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2010
 COM-009794Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2009
 COM-011181Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2008
 COM-011635Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2007
 COM-013085Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2006
 COM-013574Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2005
 COM-014976Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2004
 COM-015464Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2003
 COM-016952Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2002
 COM-017386Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2001
 COM-018925Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2000
 COM-019328Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1999
 COM-020929Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1998
 COM-021251Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1997